PRIOR TO THE SHRAPNEL 2016
Struggles, moisture and Strategies on Theater Tactics.
About Antes de la Metralla
"Antes de la Metralla arose precisely out of a constant questioning of theater per se. The show involves people linked to the performing arts from different fields (researchers, teachers, programmers, actors, directors, performers, visual artists), who previously gathered to reflect on contemporary theater.
The result is not the representation of a leaden debate—far from it—but rather a vibrant staging: dialogues, monologues, music and a great deal of dancing."
“Among us, in the middle, on the catwalk, we attend a theater coven and the celebration of sung funeral rites, danced and enunciated by the stupidity of the white man, by the intellectual who no longer knows nor wishes to use his hands, by the contemporary theater of emptiness and incompetence, by the covert or blatant exploitation of peripheral artists who do not figure in Edinburgh or Avignon’s Top Ten, by conformism and resignation ... Antes de la metralla.
To verbally machine-gun some of so-called contemporary theater’s fraudulence.
Contemplative distance, achieved by the stage poetry of Matarile, lends subtlety to the message, allowing for the audience’s emancipation.
However we are not referring here to the visual and plastic dimension of a complacent and easily consumable beauty, but to a beauty that enchants by promoting a vulnerable gaze, at times astonished, at times restless...”